Nicola's Ristorante

4.7
2559 reviews
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Located just north of Downtown in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati’s hip and historic neighborhood, Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano has long been a fine dining staple of the city during its 20+ years of operation. Owners Nicola and Maureen Pietoso pride their restaurant not only for its highly acclaimed contemporary Italian menu, extensive wine list and variety of unique dining spaces, but most especially for their restaurant’s long-standing reputation for being warmly hospitable and accommodating.
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LP
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal.

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NJ
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Nicola's. The wife really enjoyed the fig old fashioned which looks to be a new addition to the cocktail list. Both salads were excellent and of course the bolo was it killer self. Service was great. Just a fantastic experience

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DE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we loved it! server was awesome! love the small bar.

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JR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

Worst service from start to finish. Hostess was nowhere to be found- waited about 15 to 20 minutes to get seated even though we had a reservation and other people were complaining of their wait too. Once seated, our waiter was very unprofessional, only directing his attention to the male at the table and completely ignored me throughout dinner- he was blatantly sexist. He even ended the meal shaking the male's hand and continued to pretend I wasn't there. Waiter made us feel uncomfortable with awkward jokes and made the service all about himself. They even brought us our check before our entree even came! Incredibly rude and disappointing from a restaurant we once loved. If the food wasn't so good we definitely would not be back.

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M
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had an outstanding time celebrating my wife's birthday!

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A
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my daughter before she heads back to college

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Loved the duck leg and goat cheese salad. Enjoyed the atmosphere. The server wasn’t very engaging, but was attentive and satisfactory.

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EC
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at Nicola's. The food, service and ambiance make this a favorite spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were seated in a very small room with glass walls. It was really warm and I felt like I was in a fish bowl. The food was good but the table was not.

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B
Cincinnati
194 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner $100/4 course. Ergo the mediocre value rating.

The bartender does a terrific job. Perfect side-car and old-fashioned, and generously poured.

Gnocchi, potato leek soup and risotto and bread service were to kill for. Endive salad and beef tenderloin were very good. I didn’t particularly care for the grouper dish. The accompanying vegetables were not that tasty. Passion fruit and chocolate torte were excellent. Wine selections were fine.

Service was laid back which was both surprising for New Year’s Eve and welcome.

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J
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don't visit Nicola's often enough. This visit reminded us how good the food is and the service was terrific. It is a treat since it is not inexpensive but worth it.

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TT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome Food, Awesome Service, kind of crowded so noise level was not great but food and service make up for it.

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TR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Quinton was very knowledgeable about the food. Very impressed with him. Food outstanding

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful food, atmosphere and service.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Nicolas. Best restaurant in the city, service is always outstanding, always given a great dining experience.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

I love Nicola’s - I have been many times and always look forward to going back. The food was delicious per usual however the service was very disappointing. You pay for the whole experience and the table placement and service definitely took away from the value.

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s
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I requested specific seating arrangements, and I was accommodated. The selection of from each course was varied and interesting. My guest was completely satisfied with the Pork Belly first course, which was very attractively presented. My guest was equally pleased with the bolognese my pasta course was superb, but the Atlantic sole was a bit dry, over cooked, and the presentation was quite unattractive. The waiters were very helpful and service was excellent.

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A
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality food. Great staff. A little pricey but worth it

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I
Atlanta
49 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even after all this time, Nicola's remains a special place. The food is always fresh and beautifully prepared. The service is not fussy and always knowledgeable. It's always worth the drive.

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JG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nicolas is one of our favorites. We have celebrated my wife's birthday at Nicolas the last two years. It has always been a special night - outstanding food, good wine and service. We also like to go to Nicolas on Monday for the pasta special which is good value.

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C
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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GF
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic - the service very good! Though we were there with another couple - I look forward to returning on ‘date-night’!

That said - I won’t use open table again.
This was the second time I used the app and both times the seating in the restaurants was on time but the WORST location possible! I’m feel the restaurants don’t like Open Table customers. (Trios and now Nicolas)

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NJ
Cincinnati
54 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had family in from out of town and wanted to share with them the Nicola's experience. As expected, everything was fantastic. My brother in law's girlfriend is fairly particular about food, and she loved both the beet salad and the gnocchi. My bil went with the classic house dish, bolognese, and was very glad we made that recommendation. And Perry, the server, did a great job all night to make the evening a real success

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb service foreshadowed a positively memorable and exceptionally well prepared meal. Chef’s creativity was reflected in each of the four courses we shared. Presentation only heightened the drama and memorability of the delicately prepared smoked trout, endive salad, homemade pasta and fish entrees. This is a must visit for anyone who appreciates creativity and excellence as both were present to an exceptional level

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K
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only thing that was odd is they have a main restaurant then an alcove area that is separate. Be sure to know where they put you as the ambiance is different.

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. It was a first time experience for all of of our guests, but it is now on their favorites list.

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LP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful/ Jeremy was great - everything was great!

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m
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

ABSOLUTELY Excellent. Second time this month- and will be back soon.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Nicola’s is always a welcomed treat. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting. Service is always superior. Cheyenne was our server, she was very attentive and offered beautiful recommendations of wine. She was very knowledgable of the menu which made making our dinner choices easy. There is no where else in Cincinnati you can find such a wonderful bread basket!

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CB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my daughters to celebrate the occasion of having them together for the holidays. We had a lovely meal and excellent service. Nicola’s never disappoints.

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was spectacular. Food amazing. The server knew the menu inside and out and was so helpful. As always, never disappointed.

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DL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I have been to Nicola's many times and I have yet to have a meal that was less than superb. I was there for my daughters birthday. They forgot my drink order, the appetizers, and to ask me if I would like coffee or a drink at the end of my meal. I ended up getting the appetizer after my entree', which by the way did not bother me in the least. Forgetting my drink was no big deal but I would have liked to have had some coffee and a Grand Marnier after my meal. The food as usual was outstanding. The restaurant was very busy the night I was there, so I am not remotely upset.

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F
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Now we have found another BEST in the city. Can not figure out why it took us so long to come.
Enjoyed it all. Cheyenne was the best. We will be back!

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PF
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is terrific, and our service was top-notch. It is expensive, but for a special occasion, it is a great option.

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H
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a treat. Never felt rushed but servers are very attentive to everything. Great place, great food and great people.

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EV
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice date night location. We did it ahead of a play, but we will come back for evening long experience.

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m
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here a couple of times it was very good

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R
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious, authentic Italian cuisine - amazing dining experience!

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DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

They both under the stairs to the second floor is not a table I recommend. Should be repurposed in my opinion as all you hear is the footsteps of people going up and down the steps. This is where my wife and I were first seated. They happily moved us to a tabl upstairs upon request .

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CA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinner with family

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